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A WILHELM SCREAM Names Their Eight Essential Metal Albums

A shout from Wilhelm will release their heartbreaking new record lose your illusion April 14. If you heard anything confidentially, or anything A shout from Wilhelm never did, then you definitely understood the fact that they are heavily influenced by metal. I mean seriously, the group has a song called “Less Sparkling eyesMore deicide.” They do not hide it.

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We sat down A shout from Wilhelm singer Nuno Pereiraguitarist and singer Trevor Reillybass player Brian Robinsonand drummer Nick Angelini for a quick discussion of some of the metal albums that have influenced them and their sound over the years.

Animals as Leaders — Animals as Leaders (2009)

By far the best progressive metal band in the business. Animals‘ super-technical influence turns out such a solid groove – what’s the point of having the fastest hands in the world if you can’t get people moving? — Nick Angelini

To doors – Soul Slaughter (1995)

I had that on a black tape. I had never heard such brutal vocals and searing guitars before. A friend of mine introduced me to “Black metal” and this album, in my opinion, still holds up as the consummate record of the genre. It also happens to be my nine year old son’s favorite Black Metal album! — Nuno Pereira

Buried inside – Chronoclast (selected essays on the calculation of time and self-cannibalism) (2005)

This was the first (of a few) metal bands my old pop-skate-punk band toured with back when the Ontario scene was mixed with punk/hardcore/metal that just wanted to hit the road. This band sounds like Good luck ! black emperor but covered in doomy melodic metalcore, with thoughtful and incredibly executed bass lines throughout. Steve (the bassist) was the first musician I really had trouble with Burton Cliff and Geddy Lee, and became a bass player that I really admired. — Brian Robinson

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Faith No More – Angel Dust (1992)

Drummer Mike BordenThe tom work on this album is next level and has opened up a whole new perspective on the use of toms in general. Why bombard listeners with a crash every downbeat when you can just punch them in the face with a thick wall of toms? — N / A

In Flames – Black-Ash Legacy (1997)

With their CD cut out with that sharp, crazy logo, this band was introduced to me by our friend Thomas just at the right time in the late 90s as we were evolving our sound. We were all punk rock kids, but this opened up a world of melodic guitar ideas to add to our melting pot. They even make an acoustic the Lord of the Rings-medley style in the middle, which I thought was both wacky and perfect but the jagged hooks on the live version of “Behind Space” are what sold me on this band. And it’s been a pleasure to steal their, I mean, to be inspired by their riffing all these years. — Trevor Reilly

Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast (1982)

I know this album is listed a million times. This record is special to me because of my first bass lesson when I was 13. I entered the room with my teacher, To markand told him that I had learned green day“When I come” (To be honest, it was in 1994) and black sabbath‘s “Paranoid” (with a pick, be careful). He asked me what song I liked best (obviously Sabbath), took my guitar pick and said, “You’re going to play with your fingers now. Have you ever heard Iron Maiden?” He gave me a copy of beast numberand on the first listen, the clouds opened for me. Steve Harris pave the way for me to become a better musician. — BR

Metallica – Puppet Master (1986)

It was a difficult decision. I was thinking Kill them allbut honestly, Puppeteer is just a front-back banger. This album was the soundtrack of my teenage years and it’s probably the last good record they ever released. The lyrics are all well thought out and the consistency of the message they contain still holds. I wish these guys would go back to their thrash metal roots already and stop messing around with ballads and such. — PN

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Tool – Ænima (1996)

I’ll step out on a branch here and say that Tool is the greatest prog-rock-metal band of all time. You never know where these songs are going to go – it might take around 20 minutes to get there, but somehow they keep you engaged the whole time with the virtuosity of every band member. Hooks that appear once are reintroduced much later in songs at the right time and one wonders how the fuck humans write this shit. Inspirational stuff, and the song “Ænima” is the best strip club song ever. — TR

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